The passing of Labor Day, and the weather beginning to cool off (as much as it does in Los Angeles) mark the transition from Summer into Fall. This transition naturally leads to many necessary changes in the daily routines of most people. Whether you are a parent organizing how to get your child to and from school and their extracurricular activities, a student moving up to the next grade or making a bigger transition into high school or college, or simply adjusting to increased traffic on the freeway on your way to work, the changing of the seasons leads to an adjustment in one way or another for everybody. For various reasons, most people may not take the time to reflect on the impact of these changes on their mood and attitude. However, while people react to change in a variety of different ways, it impacts all of us.
For some people, adapting to change comes easy and they can cope with transitions with limited stress. For others, change can be difficult or distressing. For many people, change can evoke feelings of vulnerability, being unprepared, or the fear of potential failure. As a result, these feelings may lead to anxiety or depression, or make the chronic anxiety and depression someone has been coping with much more difficult. When this happens people may act out by becoming more irritable, aggressive, or controlling, or become more distant and avoidant of any potentially stressful situation; even situations involving work or family. These attempts at coping tend to be unsuccessful as they can be potentially damaging for relationships with family, friends, and school or work.
Being able to process and work through change, whether it is with your existing support network or with a therapist is essential when you notice the change leading feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. For some, working with a therapist for even a short period of time can help people transition through seemingly small changes such as the beginning of a new school year, to more significant changes such as the death of a loved one or other trauma. For others, therapy can help people remain grounded and focused on their goals when faced with the anxiety or depression which they might see as an unavoidable consequence of change. In either case, therapy can help as a reliable and consistent source of support when faced with large and small transitions at any point in life.
If you are going through a period of change or a difficult transition and are looking for support, or know someone who is looking for help, you are welcome to call me at (262) 607-2226